WSU Helps Individuals Apply for Financial Aid and Prepare Taxes

February 10, 2014

OGDEN, Utah – Utah has one of the lowest percentages of residents who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which qualifies students in low-income homes for millions of dollars in federal financial assistance to help them pay for their college.

To support high school seniors and undergraduate students in the application process, Weber State University sponsors “FAFSA February” with professional staff available for one-on-one FAFSA counselling and assistance.  

FAFSA events:

The first event is Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students and their parents can drop in at either the Shepherd Union Computer Lab or WSU Davis Building 3 Room 230. A follow-up session will be held March 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Computer Lab.

“Taking this first step toward college is vitally important because it increases access to post-secondary education for those students who might otherwise think college is out of their reach,” said Rebecca Tierney, WSU’s director of TRiO Talent Searchin Education Access and Outreach. “It also is important for people to understand that financial aid is a process, not just a one-time application. At events like this, we educate students regarding what to expect and what steps to take after their FAFSA has been submitted.”

No appointment is necessary for the free events. WSU staff will answer questions and walk applicants through the FAFSA process with assistance in either English or Spanish.

Applicants and their parents/guardians — or spouses if married — must have filed a 2013 federal income tax return in order to complete the FAFSA application. Those interested in federal aid are strongly encouraged to file taxes a minimum of three weeks prior to attending FAFSA February events.

Free tax assistance:

For help filing taxes, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free consultations for anyone with an annual income of less than $52,000, including the general public, whether or not they are applying for FAFSA monies.

The consultations are available Feb. 3 through March 8. WSU accounting students and faculty volunteers are available Tuesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. in Wattis Business Building Room 120.

Free tax preparation sessions also are available at WSU Davis Building 2 Room 101 Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.

 Registration is requested, and you can schedule an appointment at weber.edu/bap/VITA.html.

 Students who qualify and meet the WSU April 1 FAFSA deadline are more likely to receive funds. 

“Financial hardship shouldn’t be an impediment to pursuing the dream of a college education,” said Provost Michael Vaughan. “Weber State is committed to provide entry-level access to those seeking higher education.” 

Visit weber.edu/fafsahelp for additional information about the FAFSA process, including information about financial aid nights at local high schools.

Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.

Contact:
Rebecca Tierney, director of TRiO Talent Search
801-626-7369 • rebeccatierney@weber.edu
Author:
Allison Barlow Hess, Director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu

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